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The South African Adventure

Experience South Africa from Jo'berg to Cape Town

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Group Size: 6-14

Trip code: TSAA

Duration: 12 days

Spot the Big 5 on safari
Traditional Zulu cultural experiences
Vibrant and colourful cities

From spectacular safaris and dramatic landscapes to Swazi culture and dazzling cities, South Africa is an adventure traveller’s dream. Experience the wonders of this astounding country on this unforgettable 12 day group tour. Spot the big five on the savannah, scale the dizzying heights of Table Mountain, spot seals round Cape Peninsula, stay in a traditional Zulu camp and more! With a dedicated group leader and an instant group of mates as well, it’s a trip you won’t forget in a hurry.

Trip highlights

  • Take a once-in-a-lifetime safari drive through Kruger National Park
  • Spend the night in a traditional Zulu camp
  • Scale Table Mountain for epic views of Cape Town
  • Take a sunset game drive in Hlane National Park, Eswatini
  • Get up close with wild seals on a cruise round Cape Peninsula
  • Learn about South African history on a bike tour in Soweto
  • See the African penguins at Boulders Beach
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What's included
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • Group leader & local guides
  • All on-trip transport
  • Airport pick up
  • Cycling tour of Soweto
  • Apartheid Museum visit
  • Johannesburg pub crawl
  • Drive the Panorama Route
  • Open vehicle drive of Kruger National Park
  • Sunset game drive
  • Local village cultural experience
  • Historic walk of Cape Town
  • Table Mountain visit
  • Full day peninsula tour
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • Boulders Beach penguins
  • Boat cruise with wild seals
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfer
Further trip information

Day 1: Welcome to South Africa! Arrive into Johannesburg and we’ll pick you up and take you to our starting accommodation. Kick back and relax by the pool before meeting the rest of your group later.

Day 2: Explore Johannesburg. Kick off today with a bicycle tour of the Soweto Township, followed by a stop at the Apartheid Museum for an insight into the city’s troubled past. This afternoon is yours to explore the city. Get to know the rest of your group this evening on a pub crawl. 

Day 3: The Panorama Route. Stop for breakfast in Dullstroom, then continue on to the legendary Panorama Route for views that are out of this world. Spend the night under canvas at a cool backpacker camp.

Day 4: Kruger National Park. One of the world’s best wildlife-watching destinations is on the menu today - Kruger National Park! Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as we drive to our on-park camp. Then enjoy a traditional South African barbecue dinner under the stars.

Day 5: Kruger Safari. Hop into an open vehicle and head into the Park for the chance to spot elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo and more. Tonight, we’ll enjoy another mouth-watering barbecue at the camp.

Day 6: Cross the border to Eswantini. This morning we’re ticking another country off the list and  heading to Hlane Royal National Park in Eswantini (previously Swaziland), home to all the safari big hitters. Drop your bags and take a sunset game drive. Tonight, enjoy some traditional Swazi singing and dance.

Day 7: Zulu community stay. We’re on our way to Pongolapoort Nature Reserve today, where we’ll be staying in a traditional Zulu camp. We’ll visit a local village to learn more about daily life before gathering round the campfire for a traditional Zulu meal.

Day 8: Explore Durban. Continue on towards the coastal city of Durban. Enjoy a free afternoon in Durban. Hit the beach, enjoy some wine tasting, or go dolphin spotting. Tonight, we’ll learn how to make bunny chow, a local speciality!

Day 9: Cape Town and Table Mountain. Take a short flight to gorgeous Cape Town. This afternoon scale Table Mountain to watch the sun set over the city. Then stroll down to the V & A Waterfront to shop, pop into a local brewery, and take in the views.

Day 10: Cape Town Tour. Get to know the city better with a walking tour of colourful Bo-Kaap, plus a drive past the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, Slave Lodge, the Castle and Cape Town Stadium. This afternoon visit Sea Point Promenade and finish off by taking in the sunset with a cocktail.

Day 11: Cape Peninsula. Today we’re exploring the dramatic scenery of Cape Peninsula. Go on a cruise to spot wild fur seals, visit Chapman’s Peak, and explore the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and hang out with wild African penguins at Boulders Beach. Round off the trip with a farewell dinner, and dancing in Cape Town’s party streets.

Day 12: Trip end. Pack your bags and say goodbye to the rest of the group. Either make your way to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), or continue your travels in South Africa. See you again soon!

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Arrival information

Arrive into Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB) on day 1. There are no activities on the first day, so you can arrive at any time. You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your starting accommodation. If you choose to arrive before the starting day, we can book you into our hostel from the day you arrive, at an extra cost. Speak to your travel adviser for more information.

Your amazing adventure finishes on day 12 in Cape Town and you can depart at any time. You can either make your way to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), choose to stay on longer in South Africa or continue your travels around Africa.

Accommodation & meals


11 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip in a mixture of hostels and safari tents. Accommodation is on a twin, double or multi-share basis. Multi-share rooms will be a combination of mixed sex and single sex rooms of between 4-6 people.

  • 2 nights in a centrally located hostel in Johannesburg
  • 1 night in a twin-share pitched tent with shared pool along the Panorama Route
  • 2 nights in a twin-share pitched tent with shared pool in Kruger National Park
  • 1 night in twin/double huts in Hlane National Park
  • 1 nights staying in double / triple rooms in a traditional Zulu camp
  • 1 night in twin/double/triple rooms in a centrally located hostel in Durban
  • 3 nights in multi-share rooms with shared pool & close to the beach in Cape Town


11 breakfasts and 5 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll need to purchase the rest of your meals and snacks and drinks yourself. It’s a great opportunity to sample the varied local cuisine and to eat where and when you like.

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for 18-39 year olds.

British passport holders can enter South Africa for a stay of up to 90 days without a passport. Your passport should be valid for at least 30 days beyond your intended date of exit. However, some immigration officials request at least 6 months validity. You’re advised to ensure your passport meets this requirement.

Please note: Visa and passport restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice and visa rules with the local embassies before travel.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.

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